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Camille Paglia in The Weekly Standard

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 18, 2017 at EST am

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  1. Indeed it is. I would never have come across this without you highlighting it, so thank-you! It seems not all Democrats are rabid, hysterical nihilists.

    The lioncub

    June 18, 2017 at EST am

  2. It is a good article and Paglia is obviously smart and thoughtful, but she is missing the boat. Has she really not noticed how the Democrats have developed over time?

    Democrat thinking basically evolves around this thought: America is a racist, sexist, classist, homophobic country whose economy is based on slavery and colonialism and who is willing to oil the machinery of capitalism with the blood of the workers.

    The corollary to the above is that all of the evils that represent America occurred when it was hideously White. The purpose of all Democrat policies, then, is to punish White people for the sin of being White. It is this anti-White agenda that motivates all of Democrat thinking: Taxes, the environment, regulations, immigration, education, foreign policy. Democrats will never walk away from any policy if it does maximal damage to White people.

    How does Paglia not notice this? Because it is not contained in their rhetoric? Yet, I can construct a predictive model around the null hypothesis that Democrats hate White people and I will fail to reject the null hypothesis every time.

    She really needs to get with the program and stop straddling the fence like some moderate.

    map

    June 18, 2017 at EST am

    • “It is a good article and Paglia is obviously smart and thoughtful, but she is missing the boat. Has she really not noticed how the Democrats have developed over time?”

      Paglia is a mixed bag. Her virtues outweigh her flaws overall, although I agree that she’s dense in certain ways. We discussed this down blog a while back.

      She is not a populist in the slightest, although her deep sympathy with the underdog may make her seem that way. She’s really an elitist aesthete. I used to think, a la Auster, that she was a nihilist, but I now think that is unfair. She cares.

      In a way she reminds me of Oscar Wilde, another gay elitest aesthete who also had a feel for the common man.

      She now is ga ga over Kamala Harris, who hasn’t a chance in hell to win anything.

      But Paglia’s withering descriptions of her own kind are dead on. And she is so articulate. Give her credit for that.

      gothamette

      June 18, 2017 at EST pm

    • Democrat thinking basically evolves around this thought: America is a racist, sexist, classist, homophobic country whose economy is based on slavery and colonialism and who is willing to oil the machinery of capitalism with the blood of the workers.

      This sort of Democratic thinking exploded under Obama, partly under the influence of campus/Academic leftism.

      Camlost

      June 18, 2017 at EST pm

  3. When I first saw Camille Paglia being interviewed on TV and magazines back in 1993ish, I realized she was decades ahead of her time. Here she was, a lesbian, and an academic, who made her living teaching at a major American university, who nonetheless was fearless in her attacks on feminists and feminism. She was sort of like a Milo Yianopolous long before anyone had coined the term alt-right. Anyone interested in seeing a genuine radical academic at work, could do a lot worse than reading Paglia’s works. Glad to see she’s still in top form.

    Roli

    June 18, 2017 at EST am

    • She can be insightful, but is no ally. She correctly calculated that Feminists / Leftists are the real power-which-cannot-be-criticized and took up the ‘radical’ stance to critique them. But ultimately she is a poseur, and would rather be invited to the champagne socials, so does not follow through her critiques with real action.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      June 18, 2017 at EST am

      • Paglia is a very insightful contrarian within the left, a mirror analogue in some ways to Buchanan in the years before Trump.

        Leftists enjoyed reading Buchanan in the 2000s when he was staunchly, vocally anti-war, but they never mistook his programme for theirs. Likewise, I very much enjoy reading Paglia, but she ultimately won’t create, lead, or even support a right-wing populist movement.

        Sid

        June 18, 2017 at EST pm

  4. The girl speaks good powerful English. Was a pleasure to read. I think this is how English should be spoken.

    Яков

    June 18, 2017 at EST am

  5. She supports Kamala Harris – ugh. But on that it’s not clear whether she’s thinking with her head or with her…whatever

    Ziel

    June 18, 2017 at EST pm

    • I just don’t think Harris is attractive. Her sister is, but she herself isn’t.

      Otis the Sweaty

      June 18, 2017 at EST pm

  6. Notice how even a PC critic like Paglia has to go through great pains to prove her “right-think” credentials at the onset by talking about her support for Bernie and Jill Stein.

    And she’s quite foolish if she thinks that Bernie would’ve had a snowball’s chance in the Sahara in the general election.

    Great thinker, though. A progressive/leftist with a spine.

    Camlost

    June 18, 2017 at EST pm

    • The prevailing mentality on the Left is becoming ever more dogmatic, grey, and lifeless. Someone like Paglia who purports to be on the ‘Left’ will soon find herself pushed to the right by Evergreenites.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      June 18, 2017 at EST pm

      • The prevailing mentality on the Left is becoming ever more dogmatic, grey, and lifeless. Someone like Paglia who purports to be on the ‘Left’ will soon find herself pushed to the right by Evergreenites.

        Yes.

        The old boomer lib idealist Democrats (especially white prole males like James T Hodgkinson) will get no respect over the next decade from the antagonistic minorities, fruits and nuts of the new Obama coalition.

        For her part, Paglia will prove to be more than a match for them, however. She won’t allow herself to be trifled with by low-tier BLM types, for instance.

        Camlost

        June 18, 2017 at EST pm

  7. There’s a lot I could say about Paglia. But I’d really like to ask this question: why has JS not posted here reminding us how Paglia is a “guido” and relating this to her views and actions?

    Paglia is a dedicated leftist – there is no chance she’ll ever join the other side . But she’s constantly telling her own political team what they’re doing wrong. In that way she’s a lot like the “guido” Maryk!

    Maryk

    June 18, 2017 at EST pm

  8. There is a coup in the making, and all you can do is talk about eggs.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/politics/trump-investigation/index.html

    gothamette

    June 19, 2017 at EST pm

  9. Camille Paglia – whose prose style comfortingly reminds one of Harold Bloom’s, albeit with a slightly lower focus – really needs to stop her fetishization of cold-hearted people like Kamala Harris (and Jill Stein). Out of millions of eager schoolgirls born in the 50s who wanted to grow up to be intellectuals, Miss Paglia (whose 7-sisterishly preposterous claim to once have been transgender is laughably flimsy) was a lucky one in a hundred thousand person, who was able to parlay her ownership of a vagina and her genuine interest in the accepted modern poets (whether they were real poets or not) into the cold hard intellectual cash – complete with speaking gigs and the inevitable “comfortable role on a liberal campus as the ‘edgy’ professor who has read a lot but still knows how to keep it real” – that is due to the liberal who toes the line and, once in a while, says something safely transgressive, in order not to sound too subservient to the liberal powers that rule this world. I will take her seriously when she stops saying stupid things. She needs to read the Bible, God loves real transgender people but wants the phony ones to stop being phony about it. Poor girl has so much talent and so little common sense 😦

    howitzer daniel

    June 19, 2017 at EST pm

    • Hey don’t knock it. It’s hard to be both a leftist and “edgy” in modern academia. Paglia has found a way to walk that tightrope.

      Mike Street Station

      June 20, 2017 at EST am

    • Very funny, but watch it with the adverbs, OK?

      She studied under Harold Bloom, which explains the stylistic similarities. I think she has more than just ownership of a vagina. She’s put it to good use, albeit not of the usual kind.

      gothamette

      June 20, 2017 at EST pm

      • Thanks for the constructive criticism – I was pastiching Bloom and Paglia. I thought I was being nice – “genuine interest in the accepted modern poets” is a good thing, up to a point – and “so much talent” – who does not want to hear that about oneself? Thanks for saying “very funny” by the way, in the real world I am one of those people who like to make the elderly cashiers laugh (this is more of a Trader Joe’s and Safeway and Giant thing than a Whole Foods thing but I am sure it is a Whole Foods thing sometimes too). Sure I am not as cute as Audrey Hepburn tossing a few coins in some picturesque fountain but making people laugh in the real world is one of my many defenses against the temporary desolation, just as Audrey’s defense was charmingly throwing little coins in very old fountains in very old cities: and I see so many other people who make other people laugh, in the weirdest places, as far as humanly possible from charming old cities. “Very funny…” thanks!

        howitzer daniel

        June 21, 2017 at EST am


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